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Diame pose for the photographers at the Olympic Stadium in London, yesterday. Construction continues in
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's Stadium to transform it into a year round multi-use venue, the permanent
home of West Ham and the new national competition stadium for UK Athletics. AP PHOTO
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BRUSSELS---Belgium coach Marc
Wilmots has a clear warning for his
players after two stunning home
losses in a week: Make sure you play
regularly for your club, or miss out
on the World Cup.
After Japan outran and outwitted
Belgium for a 3-2 victory in a friendly
late Tuesday, Wilmots believed a lack
of match fitness among some regular
Kevin De Bruyne was outstanding
for the Red Devils during their qual-
ifying campaign, but has been a shad-
ow of his former self since Chelsea
coach Jose Mourinho sidelined him
for English Premier League games.
"We first have to settle the problem
that players play for their club,"
Among Belgium s best players,
Daniel Van Buyten is often on the
bench for Bayern Munich, Toby
Alderweireld is not a regular at Atleti-
co Madrid, and neither are Moussa
Dembele at Tottenham or Thomas
Vermaelen at Arsenal.
That is why Wilmots is already
eagerly looking at the winter transfer
window to see where some of his best
men might end up. "December and
January will be important even
though I have little impact on it," he
In theory, Belgium could be better
off with players who perform regu-
larly at low-level clubs than stars who
are warming the benches of big clubs.
"We will be dependent on the
choice of players, who have to play
for their club to get match rhythm,"
Wilmots said. "Otherwise life would
be too good to be true."
With Alderweireld, Van Buyten,
Vermaelen and Dembele starting
against Japan, Belgium too often
looked slow in defence and could not
match the agility of the Japanese,
many of whom play for lower clubs
in big leagues or in the J-League.
If the problem was less evident in
a 2-0 loss to Colombia last Thursday,
it stood out five days later.
"The rhythm of a couple of players
that no longer play (regularly)---with
two matches in five days that is
immediately obvious," Wilmots said.
During a sterling qualifying cam-
paign, Belgium rose to No. 5 in the
Fifa rankings but after the two losses,
it risks falling outside the top ten.
"We have quality, but quality needs
match rhythm. You need matches,
minutes of play," Wilmots said. "If
you don t play, and sit in the stands,
it becomes difficult."
LONDON---A naming rights deal
for the Olympic Stadium in Lon-
don is expected to be sealed with-
in a year.
Premier League club West Ham
will become the main tenant from
the 2016-17 season after the prin-
cipal 2012 Olympics venue is over-
hauled to make it suitable for foot-
West Ham vice chair Karren
Brady said yesterday that there s
been "overwhelming worldwide
interest" from potential sponsors,
and ruled out a naming rights deal
with contentious companies,
including money lending business-
"The types of companies who
across the world are interested are
the type that would make a won-
derful contribution," Brady said
inside the stadium, surrounded by
Dennis Hone, the chief executive
of the company in charge of secur-
ing a future for the Olympic Park,
said he expects a deal to be con-
cluded in the next year.
The London Legacy Develop-
ment Corporation wants the sta-
dium to be used for sports other
than football and athletics
throughout the year. But on the
prospects of American football,
Hone said there have been "no
active discussions with NFL for
over a year."
The 80,000-seat stadium,
which hosted the track and field
competition at the 2012 Olympics,
is being downsised to 54,000 seats
and reconfigured with a new roof
and retractable seats to cover the
By the time it partially re-opens
for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the
stadium could be hard to recognise
from how the world saw it during
Work is underway to remove the
triangular floodlights, described
by the legacy company as "iconic,"
although a similar design will fea-
ture in the revamped stadium.
Initially, after London was
awarded the Olympics in 2005,
organising chief Sebastian Coe and
the British government rejected
calls for the stadium to be designed
so football could be played in it
after the games.
Only when construction was
underway did officials decide to
allow football to use the stadium,
adding to the cost of its post-
The conversion costs are expect-
ed to hit £200 million ($323 mil-
lion), although West Ham will only
contribute £15 million ($24 million)
as part of its 99-year lease deal.
GELSENKIRCHEN---A storied player
for FC Schalke who was killed in East-
ern Front fighting in World War II is
being reburied in a cemetery in
Gelsenkirchen where he wowed fans
in the 1930s and 1940s.
Adolf Urban s body is being reburied
yesterday in a cemetery overlooking
the Schalke stadium opened last year
for diehard fans.
Urban helped Schalke win five Ger-
man championships and one German
Cup title, and played 21 games for Ger-
many s national team, scoring 11 goals.
As a 29-year-old German army ser-
geant, he died in fighting in 1943 in
Russia. He was buried near where he
fell, but the club had his body brought
back last week to bury in the cemetery
shaped like a football field and garnished
with flowers in the club s blue and white
In this file photo from Tuesday, Belgium's Kevin Mirallas, right, celebrates with
teammates after scoring against Japan during a friendly soccer match at the
King Baudouin stadium in Brussels. Belgian coach Marc Wilmots yesterday had a
clear warning for his players after two stunning home losses in a week: Make
sure you play regularly for your club, or miss out on the World Cup. AP PHOTO
to start for club
German footballer killed
in WWII reburied at home
Olympic Stadium naming rights to be sold soon
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